Is it all puppies and rainbows for the Colorado Springs economy? It sure seems to be. South Nevada is no longer blighted, downtown is booming, the unemployment rate has never been lower, the local real estate market is absurdly healthy, wages are up and most businesses are solvent and profitable. Even...
It now seems all but certain (to use a favorite cliché of political journalists) that two-term Colorado governor John Hickenlooper will run for president. It’ll be a crowded field, overflowing with prominent Democrats who each believe that they’re the chosen one. Can Hick prevail against a group that will likely include...
On Nov. 6 Colorado voters will have the dubious privilege of voting on 13 statewide initiatives, not to mention a host of local measures. We can rage and tut-tut all we want about such cumbersome, special-interest-driven governance — but let’s not go there. Instead, let’s focus on a pair...
On Nov. 6 Colorado voters will have the dubious privilege of voting on two dueling transit initiatives. Both purport to solve our state’s decades-long transportation underfunding crisis. One is a serious and credible effort to do just that, while the other is a cynical, politically motivated attempt to force...
July 31, 8:30 a.m. I’m at the tail end of my usual morning bike ride, heading down 26th Street after having ridden to the end of the pavement on Gold Camp Road. It’s a beautiful day, the road ahead is clear and I’m reveling in the fast, sunny descent. That’s...
Full confession: I went to see “Mamma Mia: Here we go again!” and I loved it. I wept, I laughed and I wanted to sing along. I remembered when I was young, lean and sailing through the Greek islands — surely I had anchored in that azure bay, swum...
Anne Gorsuch, the mother of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, was a controversial Colorado politician best remembered (by me, anyway), for coining the phrase “nothingburger.” I thought of Anne as I plowed through the dismal bureaucratese of PlanCOS, the newest iteration of the city’s comprehensive plan. Here’s a sample paragraph: “In...
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny June day — time to head for the mountains. I want cool air, sparkling vistas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers in bloom, a fun day and a temporary respite from the urban clamor of the Springs. I’m not the only one. Turning onto Highway 24 from...
Who owns downtown’s streets? That’s a question that never will be definitively resolved and one that we’ve been fighting over for 147 years. According to Newport in the Rockies, Marshall Sprague’s definitive history of Colorado Springs, by late July 1871, Gen. William Palmer’s associate, Gen. Robert Cameron, had platted “1,000...
Here’s a suggestion: Head south on Interstate 25, get off at Bijou Street, go south on Cascade Avenue and eventually head west on Colorado Avenue to Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Where will you stop? What will attract your attention? What seems welcoming and fun, and what seems...
What does Colorado Springs have in common with Buffalo, N.Y; St. Paul, Minn.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.? It’s simple — we’re all second cities, traditionally eclipsed, overwhelmed and sometimes beaten down by our bullying big brother city. That was certainly the case for us a few years ago,...